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https://open.spotify.com/episode/7l5FGXxdCF0ebBaKyvxIMY?si=l3AtlnDERLWP8aYIe03Umg OVER the past several days, a great deal of public attention has been given to a supposed treatment for the symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a drug called ivermectin ordinarily used to prevent heartworm in dogs and used to treat some parasites and skin conditions...

PH agriculture showing signs of emerging from doldrums

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3NSfgGxkI6ZmGmdZ8C6GeM?si=Fv6yknb_SU6UVGEN6_21Gg DESPITE the importance of the agricultural sector to the Philippines, it has for many years been regarded as an unfortunate and problematic part of the economy, providing an insufficient...

Abolishing the IATF is an idea with considerable merit

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1mql3OTdrTcpo1CGlv7qpS?si=as4jYCuCS2Olw-VxVhUvug FRUSTRATED by the rapid resurgence of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country, some senators earlier this week suggested that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Emerging...

Finally, some clarity on vaccine procurement

https://open.spotify.com/episode/47kPUVSvyQa09MvKahVlJy?si=ZGbj0pkpREWfXh0oF0w1vw WE would like to thank vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. for providing a cogent explanation for the procurement of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines by the private sector, a...

Now is the time to create a health agency for disease control and prevention

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3Rlq33kLpiuQZjSwQnmy4M?si=6Gzwyg8TS1WdFSOsT_DU_w IF the coronavirus pandemic has seared anything into the public mind, it is the fact that our public health system and health infrastructure are sorely lacking: 1) an agency...

Palace eschews scaremongers, says no lockdown for next fortnight

https://open.spotify.com/episode/79avSJPkRhCJNez19ghwYI?si=p036Qut5T2ihwcEpJ4ZUNg THE administration finally took notice of the persistent fearmongering and propaganda of the OCTA group, which has been prodding the government to proclaim a two-week lockdown that would serve...

PH in danger of missing ‘demographic sweet spot’

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0Jj8hlrPkqH6DCEz6hr1Sd?si=GHzbE-eKSm6uXkIgfq-Sxw Having a young population offers the Philippines a competitive advantage. But policymakers and other leaders should act swiftly and effectively to address the threats that may prevent the country...

PH internet shortcomings should be considered an emergency

https://open.spotify.com/episode/738ZzUfcPcigmF1TDLjAkN?si=DsH2bHMIQMSDU3knXeJwDw THERE is a pending proposal, supported by a majority of Congress and reportedly being considered favorably by President Duterte, for a declaration of a state of emergency regarding the...

Congress goes into full lockdown because of pandemic

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3mBCoqKoeFqR4d3hfuxdqO?si=3kYI8TKcSDOY7I54YGGXmg A MOST unusual thing has happened with the lockdown of both houses of Congress starting March 18 on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Both chambers cannot hold sessions and conduct...

DBM must explain ‘demotion’ of nurses

WE have in the recent past offered praise for the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Secretary Wendel Avisado for the agency’s exemplary performance, particularly during these troubled...

Palawan plebiscite a laudable example of democracy in action

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3LNYJqtJzoh8YaUiI2YMYr?si=HTPtdo9OScquIMFvF9H8vw ALTHOUGH the official results have not been announced by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as of this writing, it seems certain that a measure intended to divide the province...

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Robredo wants ‘more inclusive’ coordination among govt execs amid case surge

VICE President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo is appealing to the government to be “more inclusive” in its strategies, and coordinate with local officials and...

No celebration as Duterte marks birthday in self-quarantine

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte turned 76 on Sunday sans any celebration as he remained under self-quarantine in his home in Davao City, his top lawyer...

READ: IATF Resolution 106-A

RESOLUTION NO. 106, s 2021 RESOLUTION 106-A, s 2021

PH posts second highest number of new Covid cases in a day at 9,595

THE country posted on Saturday its second highest new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) caseload since the pandemic began last year with 9,595 new cases,...

Metro Manila, 4 provinces back to ECQ

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte approved a recommendation by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to revert Metro Manila and...

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